Wednesday, October 09, 2013

♥ Buttermilk Fried Chicken Strips

I can remember whenever my Mom planned to fry chicken, she would always soak it first in buttermilk. It is truly amazing how that buttermilk breaks down the chicken and makes it so moist and tender. Don't worry, you don't taste the buttermilk. But you get the best fried chicken ever!  

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Strips

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg beaten
1 cup of butter milk
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
pinch of cayenne pepper (more if you want some kick)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups of oil

Mix the egg, buttermilk and garlic powder, and cayenne and set aside. Place chicken in a large bowl or a large Ziploc bag. Pour buttermilk mixture over chicken and seal tightly. Keep in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.

In a shallow dish used for dredging, mix the flour, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and baking powder. Remove chicken from refrigerator and shake off buttermilk mixture. Dredge chicken in flour and prepare to fry.

Heat oil in a large, deep and heavy skillet. I use cast iron for perfect even frying. When oil is hot and shimmering, carefully place coated chicken in hot oil and fry until golden brown and juices run clear. Drain on paper towels and serve with your favorite sauce. I serve mine with Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar Sauce.

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